Second Sêr Cymru Postgraduate Conference

11 September 2017, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff

The second Sêr Cymru Postgraduate Conference attracted 85 PhD students from the three Sêr Cymru National Research Networks (NRNs). Among this gathering were those who will help drive research forward in the future, with fundamental impacts for society and business in Wales.

Throughout the day, the students presented posters about their work. It was impressive to see the quality of presentations over such a broad range of subjects. 2 Students from each Network gave a talk. For the NRN-LCEE, these were Quotient student Tim Ebdon (Cardiff University) and AquaWales student Rebekah Weatherhead (Aberystwyth University). Dr Helen Swygart (Qioptiq Ltd) spoke about how she applies her science & engineering background within the industry. [Image: Huw John Photography]Dr Helen Swygart (Qioptiq Ltd) spoke about how she applies her science & engineering background within the industry. [Image: Huw John Photography]At the end of the day, 4 students were selected for shotgun presentations by groups of their peers. The selection was based on the quality of the posters and two NRN-LCEE students (Andre Soares - Geo-Carb-Cymru Aberystwyth, and Rob Turner - Climate-Smart Grass Bangor) were selected out of a total of more than 75 posters.

Three external speakers inspired the audience during the day: David Veryard, Microsoft’s lead in Wales; Dr Helen Swygart, Capability Employment Manager at Qioptiq Ltd; Professor Tiina Roose, Professor of Biological and Environmental Modelling at the University of Southampton.

The day was closed by Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Welsh Government, who commented on the day: “It is the collaborative and inspirational approach that Sêr Cymru provides that will help drive forward the next generation of talented researchers”.

 

he posters covered a broad range of topics from all 3 Networks. [Image: Huw John Photograph]The posters covered a broad range of topics from all 3 Networks. [Image: Huw John Photography]

Publication date: 20 September 2017